Northern Rivers raises at least $180,000 for Nepal
UPDATE: THE Rebuild Nepal Benefit gig at the Crystal Castle on Saturday afternoon raised $50,000 bringing the region-wide total donation to support earthquake survivors to at least $230,000.
Over 600 people attend the benefit concert that featured Toni Childs and her band, according to Crystal Castle owner Naren King.
Individual donations were as high as $5000 and the Crystal Castle also contributed $10,000, he said.
The rest of the money came from the cover charge, raffles, sales of chai and other refreshments he said.
At least three groups will benefit form the funds including: the Sechen monastery in Kathmandu, Access Nepal and Tents to Nepal.
Ms Childs and Mr King also plan to travel to Nepal to see first hand the best way the money can be spent.
INITIAL REPORT: COMMUNITIES across the Northern Rivers have joined together to show their support for earthquake victims in Nepal by raising at least $180,000 in funding, with plenty of events still to come.
A large chunk of the financial support for Nepal from the region came from the Flow Hive team and friends, who raised close to $134,000 by raffling one of their handcrafted premium bee hives.
The money raised was earmarked for the Oxfam Australia's Nepal Earthquake appeal.
But plenty of other local communities have also been getting together to raise funds, and choosing diverse groups to benefit.
In Federal, 120 people filled the local hall to hear two Nepali musicians, percussionist Dheeraj Shresthaand and singer Tenzin Choegyal.
The afternoon raised $4750 according to organiser Magira Holmes.
The week before Mullumbimby's Civic Hall hosted Mullum Loves Nepal, a concert that raised $20,000 and featured local acts including the Walrus and the Carpenter as well as the Hottentots.
Roughly 500 people attended the event organised by a group of people including the local Chamber of Commerce, the Mullum Music Festival and Alex Grant of the Byron Spirit Festival.
Earlier in May the Alstonville Lions generated close to $5000 by running sausage sizzles, complete with a demonstration of an emergency tent shelter, outside the Alstonville Plaza.
Two eateries in Lismore have also made valuable contributions recently.
Forget Me Not charity held at the Flock Espresso and Eats raised $13,000.
Goanna Bakery Cafe also put on a three-course meal and local bands, helping to raise $2000, organiser Emily Coleing said.
"In Byron Bay the Community Centre hosted a film night raising over $4320.
In Casino and Kyogle Mayor Daniel Mulholland, Leah Hobbs and Samantha Elley have raised $1575 by walking and running.